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oh! blue! time! time out. i touched it. i touched the ball before it went out, coach. come on, alex, the ref did not call that! you gotta be kidding me, alex! it's the championship game! talk to him, coach. i touched, it's their ball. don't foul them when they inbound. team on 'three.' one, two, three. nice going, alex. sorry coach. alex! good call.
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good call. pretty tough questions. >> at what point did you realize, oh, my god, i could lose this, this could slip away from me? >> i think that you know being young and being in a position that i was in, you don't really take the time to appreciate what you've -- you know what you have. and it's all kind of a whirlwind and people make decisions for you but i'm not a kid anymore, i'm 24. >> yeah. >> i have made a lot of mistakes and i recognize that. but i'm in the clear now and i feel like as long as i stay focused, then i will be able to achieve what i want to achieve. >> it would be nice to see her get back on track and lohan says she realize s she's let a lot o her fans down. she's slated to play the wife of john gotti.
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well, most of us need a sick day every now and then. some people like me call them mental health days but not one woman in berkeley, california. elaina griffin is celebrating, get this, 65 years on the job. and she never called out sick. don sanchez from our san francisco affiliate kgo reports. >> reporter: this is not a retirement party. energetic 85-year-old has been working for 65 years. >> i love to come to work. i really, truly do. >> reporter: she started in 1946. harry truman was president. the minimum wage was 40 cents an hour. she's never stopped wearing three-inch high heels. >> you can't not stop smiling when you see eleanor walking down the hall eye mean running down the hall. >> reporter: the phone was ringing nonstop. >> one of the doctors said, what
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are you doing? she said i'm a secretary. he said well answer the damn telephone. she answered the telephone and she -- and then they hired her. >> reporter: and she's not had a sick day in 60 years. >> i wouldn't have gone home then because i wasn't sick. they made me go home and i was furious. >> reporter: when she had her appendix out she was back on the job the next day typing with an i.v. in her arm. she's succumbed to the computer. >> i'm still learning because i got one 15-minute lesson. >> she's relevant, modern, she's refreshing. her attitude is just amazing. >> she is still a member of the frank sinatra fan club and how does she get on work? >> i drive now and i didn't learn how to drive until i was 67. >> reporter: 65 years and a plan -- >> i want to go from my desk to the morgue with nothing in between. >> reporter: she says she'd like to work five more years and the ceo says, well, how could you
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refuse an offer like that? in berkeley, don sanchez, abc news. >> that is incredible. >> tip your hat on that one. >> i know. although sometimes those mental health days are really important. >> i call in sick when i have a hang nail. >> yeah we noticed rob, gees. if extraterrestrials would ever like to phone home they may be told that that number has been disconnected. the 42 radio editions that skit skies for intelligent life has been shut down. is the latest involve the economic slowdown. >> government funding has been cut sharply and the institute that runs the listening post has simply run out of dough. >> remember the speak-and-spell thing? >> this one we remember an american inventor to whom those in television are deeply indebted. >> that's right and this guy is the creator of the teleprompter. hubert schaffly. i hope that i'm saying his name right. he's died at age of 91. and he came up with the idea to
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help an actor friend who is having trouble remembering his lines. >> we're grateful for that. the teleprompter -- oh, wait a minute. >> hold on. >> that's why we have these papers here. >> the teleprompter debuted on a soap opera back in 1950, and ever since it has been a lifesaver as you can see for all of us anchors, actors and even politicians of course. hubert hoover was the first president to use the teleprompter way back in 1952. those words float front of our eyes every day. >> you're indebted, that's for sure. >> yes, thank you, sir. literally we'd be speechless without him. >> we would chat a lot. rob, what did you do last night. >> you know i called out sick! >> shocker! >> more of "world news now" coming up after the break. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card,
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that's a breath of fresh air. authorities in london are taking a page out of playbooks of u.s. police departments, as they tighten security for friday's royal wedding. they're telling everyone going to the event, if you see something, then say something. >> we're used to hearing that around new york city and now with an inside look of security at london, here is chris cuomo. >> reporter: scotland yard said they're ready for anything that may disrupt the wedding. >> any criminals who may be trying to disrupt it. be in the guise of protest or otherwise will be met by a robust, decisive, flexible and proportionate policing response. >> reporter: the confidence comes from a plan described as a multilayered ring of steel, using 5,000 policemen, both if uniform and undercover. as close to the new royal couple as the on the back of their carriage. these footmen seen at princess
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diana's wedding are armed undercover police. they're willing to take a bullet for the royal couple. protection to hopefully avoid a scene like this, violent protesters causing chaos if the streets of london. a scene here just last month in a demonstration against budget cutbacks. there's growing concern about the anger over the royal wedding being vented online. this youtube clip features william and kate in a song called "better dead than wed." ♪ >> reporter: this disturbing photo of william and kate with nooses around their necks. called the anarchist media project. some say they're ready to walk the talk and try to actually disrupt the wedding. like this islamic group denied a permitted to protest outside westminster abbey in reaction to what it says were atrocities against muslims. >> that how is it that the royal family are so extravagant? >> reporter: social media outlets like facebook and twitter can help protesters
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outmaneuver the police by allowing to mobilize quickly and efficiently. >> stay thousand times easier now to get a group of people together. >> reporter: so british authorities are monitoring facebook pages like this posted by a protest group in the uk it calls for a national demo to reclaim the royal wedding. >> if we see unusual movement of crowds, of groups, we'll be tracking them to make sure that no one causes any problem on the day itself. >> reporter: the last thing authorities want is a repeat of this scene when prince charles and camilla bowles found themselves surrounded during a protest last december. >> all right, when we come back this morning, one very sweet prom zplees that's for sure. we went to prom together. you can see that picture on in dress, though, took six years to make and a whole lot of candy. we'll tell you about it coming up after this. >> you were a fun date. >> you were probably fun too. i liked your hair.
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last week you may have seen a report about people spending thousands upon thousands of dollars for their daughter's prom and now we'd like to update you on the opposite side of things. that one address we talked about was like $3,000 or something. >> it was crazy. >> it was nuts. >> this story involve a girl who is wearing a dress to prom that is made of, would you be, starburst wrappers. >> i love starbursts. >> i do, too. she recently spoke to our correspondent stephanie sy. ♪ >> reporter: you helped tara's mom make an entire prom dress out of starburst wrappers. how did you do it? >> it's a combination of a lot
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of things. first, they're braided. and then they're half glued and then sewn onto the fabric. and then the skirt part is wn so that is stays more fluffy and gives her some movement in the dress. >> reporter: okay and what possessed you guys to do this? >> well, my mom actually has a friend joan doyle who at hockey games would sit and fold gum wrappers for -- just for fun because she needed to keep busy and my mom thought, wanted to do something with the starburst wrappers because they're so much more colorful so she got a crazy job to make a prom dress out of starburst wrappers so we would sit there at hockey games and just fold away. >> reporter: now i heard that it took some six years for the planning of this. is that right? >> yes, it did. we started folding six years ago in collecting wrappers. and then the past september was which we started to put everything together. >> reporter: and how did you collect all of these wrap theers? did you have to go out and buy tons and tons of starbursts?
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>> well, my mom would buy these bags, 20 at a time, whenever we would go to the store and then hand them out to people and ask for their wrappers back and don't rip them and also a lot of people from our community who helped us out as well. just gave us wrappers all of the time. >> reporter: and did somebody eat all the candy? >> pretty much. pretty much. >> reporter: you don't look like you ate tons and tons of starbursts. maybe this is a dumb question isn't it, well, sticky? >> no, it's not. there is fabric underneath and it's not too bad yet. maybe once we start dancing. >> reporter: okay, tara, so you were actually going to wear this dress to your prom. how do you feel about that? >> it's going to be fun. it's something different and we've been working on it for years so it's worth it. >> reporter: i understand that you also made accessories. i see some shoes there on the table. are those also made out of wrappers? >> right. >> well there's wrappers deco
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podge down to them and then have my purse. and a bunch of different kinds of earrings. and then we've got bracelets and headband. >> reporter: is it comfortable to wear this dress? >> not really, no. i'll get used to it as the night goes on. >> reporter: is it true, tara, that your prom's theme is candy atlantyear? >> yes, it is. we lucked out on that one for sure and these are actually some of the decorations that will be there that night. >> reporter: that is just too perfect. i'm sure it's going to be the sweetest dress at prom. >> we'll be the sweetest couple. >> reporter: all right, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> reporter: have a good prom. >> thank you. >> that is cool. but don't you wonder what her date's going to wear. >> yeah. >> like how do you compare to that? because of course she'll be getting a lot of attention. i lot of lemon -- there we
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. >> announcer: "world news now" delivers your morning papers. all right and time now for your morning papers. you are already giving me a hard time about one of our paper's stories but just wait, it's a really good story but first let you than we talked about gilbert god freed. he tweeted those really insensitive tweets after the japanese earthquake. they conducted a nationwide search for the new voice of aflac. ithon went for it. >> yes, i did. >> sorry it didn't panow but they did pick somebody. we would like to introduce you to the new aflacs. >> i boy i'm glad that we got aflac, huh? >> aflac. >> i've just got major medical. >> major medical me but it helps topate doctors. >> pays the doctor, boy. >> oh, yeah what about your
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family? >> sounds pretty good. >> similar. >> but maybe they didn't want to deviate too much. probably don't want to call too much attention to the whole godfreed thing but lucky guy is 36-year-old daniel mckie. a father of 3 from minnesota. there he is right there. the new voice of the aflac commercials it and is it sounds pretty good. >> that's the face of a guy who made a lot of money. >> speaking of a lot of money. >> we're in the wrong business. one of those stories that makes you think why did i have a different talent in life? >> thwhole app craze now, the smartphones out there and iphones a guy adam kahan. >> is he single? i'm joking. >> adam developed a app called into now, it's kind of cool. scans audio waves from your tv set. you can tell your friends about it on twitter and facebook and for the last five years it can identify the show, the episode and when it aired. the last five years. impressive app. he just sold it to yahoo! for
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between $20 and $30 million and is now a new vice president at yahoo! to boot. they say it could be one of the quickest ever 12 weeks from start-up to exit and make tens of millions of dollars. >> that's business that you want to be in. if you're a young fellow watching the tv, young lady, if you want to know what to do create apps. >> your payday doing and a story that i love but rob couldn't care less. in family in tucson which i already love. the o'rourkes. they went out and they discovered that one of the rabbits didn't have use of its hind legs, a little son, bless him, decided to make a cart for this little bunny which they named joe. this is jot baby bunny who needs the cart to get around. this kills me. i might cry. so they're now taking care of this little bunny because he couldn't move and there was no mom there to help take care of him. honestly this doesn't warm the cold -- >> pose the question, is it cooler to keep an annal that condition alive? they don't want to live like
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that, that's my only point. >> you're ruining it for
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encourage them to apply for prudential spirit of community award. visit spirit dot prudential dot com. this morning on "world news now," royal security. the wedding of the century is just days away and millions from around world have descended on london. >> authorities have dropped a ring of steel around westminster abbey and now are asking visitors help out. it's wednesday, april 27th. flouns abc news this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. with just two days to go now until the big royal wedding there is a growing frenzy in londgron tourists to security officials alike. we'll tell you how officials are helping to protect the coupel on their big day. >> it's amazing when you see pictures, packed, beautiful
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weather and a little bit of rain. will it rain on the big day? another question? and then speaking of wild weather that half of the country just cannot get a break from, 165 million people continue to get battered by rain, floods and tornados. are more storms on the way? we just continue to update that story. new states, new cities. just flooding. >> sort of a broken record in the last couple were days. >> it's very tough. also facebook, faces off with groupon,s with the world's most popular social networking site means for the millions of americans who save billions with coupons. getting a big player jumping in the coupon game. >> couponing is cool. but before all of that, streets in london are sealed off now as the royal wedding dress rehearsal takes place outside of westminster abbey. a look at it right there. die-hard royal watchers get this, already staked out their spots along the route two days before the ceremony. die-hards for sure. >> there you go. scotland yard is taking extreme measures to ensure the new royal
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wedding is kept save. 5,000 police officer are expected to be on duty you and the public is asked to be extra vigilant about any suspicious ac. diana alvear is joining with us the latest. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning. it's really starting to feel like we're in the final stages of wedding of the century type of preparation especially now that the finishing touches are taking place. every few hours busy scene at westminster abbey pauses for a special prayer. >> today we pray for all couples preparing for marriage and especially we pray for this royal hines prince william. >> reporter: along with prayers last-minute preparations, decorative trees were delivered to the delight of onlookers. >> these two really appear to be so in love, it's just going crazy at home. really so, so excited. >> can't believe that we're here. you're not going over there? yeah we are. >> no one cannot believe it. >> reporter: these american sisters paid thousands of
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dollars to be here. money well spent, they say. >> in the united states, we don't have kings and queens and princesses and this is just a fairy tale come true where little girls really can grow up to be princesses. >> reporter: and just like the fairy tales of old authorities are determined there will be a happy ending. >> let us make it absolutely clear, this is a day of celebration, joy and pageantry. this is a fantastic day for britain. >> reporter: thousands of police, both uniformed and plain clothed will mingle among the crowds. patrol boats will skamt dams. and that's because the couple has been preparing. kate in particular, has done a few run-throughs here at the abby and the prince is expected do a rehearsal as well. rob and pegy. >> diana, thanks a lot. more coverage today on "good morning america" and all day anytime at >> everybody's getting amped up. friday morning at fewer:00 a.m. eastern. turning now to those fierce
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storms now being blamed for ten deaths across the south central part of the country. >> southern missouri is bracing for more flooding today after getting swamped by 16 inches of rain and all eye are on the levee of the town of poplar bluff that was breached in 30 places along the black river. a full-scale breach could destroy more than 500 homes. >> anxious moments for a lot of those folks. wow. those tornado are not letting up. they're bearing down overnight in texas and this morning in from alabama and ohio. >> no relief for residents near little rock. here is yunji de nies. >> reporter: here in vilonia, arkansas, we've been experiencing tornado watches all day long. people here have been told to listen to their am radios, listen for the sirens and head to the shelters if they hear them. here's why. this is a home a family that was destroyed yesterday. the people who live here were actually sitting in the living room on the other side of the front door. you can see that the front door really barely exists anymore. they feel very lucky, though, to
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be alive. they ran to a closet inside of the house where they all huddled together and everyone survived. >> i heard glass breaking. every door in the house slamming. i heard the roof go. i could feel the door pulling away from me. and i just held on for dear life. >> it was quite -- >> reporter: and now what. >> that's what i'm wondering, now what? >> reporter: unfortunately four people who lived in town were not lucky. >> i'm amazed that we haven't had anymore loss of life based upon the amount of damage that you're looking at here. we're used to tornados. i mean, our people are pretty good at disaster response because we've got so much practice at it. >> reporter: the big concern now, debris. with all of this mess around and more severe weather on the way, debris like this can turn into deadly projectiles and it is littering this entire town. yunji de nies, abc news, vilonia, arkansas. >> wow. and now here's a look at
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your wednesday weather. today severe weather strikes birmingham, nashville, louisville, cleveland and pittsburgh. meanwhile, some showers in the upper midwest and snow around the twin cities, up to ten inches of snow in the rockies and a foot and a half in the cascades. rain from seattle to portland. >> 61 degrees in boise. 73 in sacramento. and 88 in phoenix. 56 in kansas city. new york climbs to 74. 80s from baltimore to new orleans. in other news now, the first safety test of electric cars are in and the result are pretty good. the insurance industry ran its crash test on the chevrolet volt and the nissan leaf and both aced the test, although the volt and leaf are considered small cars. they're battery packs but their sweat closer to large sudans so they don't get pushed around so much in crashes. earl albert moofrps arrested yesterday without trouble outside of a grocery store where
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he was having coffee. authorities say he planted a pipe bomb and also propane tanks in the suburban denver mall on the anniversary of the columbine high school shootings. that bomb did not go off. leaders of the pro football players union are due in court today as the judge considers whether the owner's lockout should be put on hold. all of the legal maneuvering has left players, owners and fans whether going to be a season at all come the fall. here now is mike marusarz. >> reporter: after a judge ruled to end the lockout, nfl players are still in limbo. >> i thought that i might be able to train. fortunately it didn't work out that way. >> it was uncomfortable. like, i didn't eye shouldn't be there. >> reporter: some players were let in and worked out, while others ran into some problems. at issue, how to split up $9 billion in annual nfl revenue? the owners and players can't agree on a new collective bargaining agreement which has led to the owner-imposed lockout that has lasted 45 days.
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>> try to get some rehab in and everything else in. but i wasn't able to do that. >> reporter: monday the judge headquarter the dispute ruled in favor of the players. that the lockout would cause the players harm in order lifted. the nfl owners appealed but have asked for the lockout to be reinstated pending a decision on their appeal. a judge says she won't rule on a stay before wednesday. >> i think that it's probably sound to think that at some point we'll play. >> reporter: commissioner roger goodell wrote an op-ed in "washington post." the nfl could be harmed without a new collective bargaining agreement. writing, "is this is nfl the fans want? is this the nfl the players want"? keep our fingers crossed. hopefully over quicker than later. >> reporter: as the dispute proceeds through the courts, the league is preparing for the nfl draft that begins on thursday.
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but it's still unclear if the players who are picked will even have a season to play in. mike marusarz, abc news. >> well you can scratch tiger woods from next week's wells fargo championship in charlotte. he has a minor injury to his left knee. on his website woods says he injured it making a difficult and awkward shot while playing at the masters. watch how he falls backward. yeah after that shot. the legendary golfer says he hopes to be back on the links in just a few weeks. >> he's been doing a bit better. >> a little bit better. a slow dissent. most americans who care about the royal wedding will be conent to watch it on television early friday morning. a few are take some vacation time though and heading on over to london any that was teresa cunningham's plan until her boss said, no, no vacation. you'll be staying here. so sorry. >> yes, and of course at that point the woman did the rational thing, she quit and calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a real-life fairy tale.
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she's booked a room near westminster abbey but plans to spend the night outside so she can see the royals firsthand. >> has she heard about the unemployment issue, i'm just wondering. she's a devoted royal watcher, really wants to be there. >> i hope it is all worth it for you, therestheresa. more "world news now" coming up after the break. you go next if you had a hehehehere would hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround., tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround., when we say you're free to see the world, we mean it. call today and get a free overound information kit, that includes a video and full color brochure. dennis celorie: "it's by far the best chair i've ever owned." terri: "last year, 9 out of 10 people got their hoveround for "little or no money." jim plunkitt: "no cost. absolutely no cost to me." breaking news...when you call today, we'll include
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and here's a story that proves once again that in facebook world we're all living in it. >> isn't true? it's taking over everything. the social media behemoth is getting in on one of the hottest business models going. those hottest coupons that can save you bundles of money. >> reporter: clipping coupons is as much as part of shopping as making a grocery list is as enjoying a revolution and laura sullivan is taking full advantage. >> my best deals were 50% off of a day-long trip of kayaking,
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certain percentage off champagne cruise around the bay. >> reporter: laura is a zen master of the online deal using sites like group and living social which offer online discounts that she can redeem in the real world. >> never have i ever bon a sailboat before and 50% off of a fairly expensive class nadworth it. what are you waiting for? >> reporter: last year 23 million americans, 10% of the adult population, found a deal on one of these sites. groupon offers everything from the ordinary to the exotic. zip lining in santa cruz, sky diving in detroit, chemical peels in philadelphia, and dancing in dallas. but now the online giant, facebook is trying to get into the game. testing the waters in five cities connecting users with businesses eager to get their discounts discovered. >> tastes better at a discount? >> absolutely. >> groupon has 70 million members. facebook 500 million.
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and their hope is once the deal is offered tell spread like wildfire among all of those family and friends. >> that personal recommendation -- >> definitely. kind of us if the over the zwroop how it work, you see a deal that you like and you click "buy" right in facebook. >> and 18 of my friends have already signed up for it. >> really? >> reporter: a new twist connecting businesses and buyers and one that promises to save you a whole lot of money. becky worley, abc news, san francisco. >> they have their fingers in everything, really. facebook. >> it's amazing the power of facebook. in case you are wondering, san diego, san francisco, dallas, austin and atlanta. so here's the five. if you live in those cities, check it out. >> and also people saved a billion dollars by saving coupons and it's coupons is apparently the proper way to say it but it saves you a lot of cash. when we come back this morning, what might be the worst place on earth, literally, to work. >> yeah we really mean this. a startling look of what it is like to live and work on top of a burning coal mine. you don't want to miss this
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if you're a viewer of reality shows the deadliest catch the a pretty popular show you may think the conditions that those guys work in are pretty tough and they are but it's nothing compared to our next story. >> you have to see to believe it. we were all stunned to learn about the apocalyptic place in india. our karen russo has the full story. >> reporter: this may well be the worst place on earth to work where young children and women often barefoot collect coal by hand atop a burning mine. entire families toil hours a day breathing noxious fumes in the
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dangerous heat. they're coal scavengers who live in the small town of boca pahari. a raging fire just below the surface ravages the land here. it would be difficult to find a place on earth that looks more like hell. for chanti devi it's home. >> i have on very heavy boats. i feel the heat already. how do you do this? this must be so hot. they have no option to bear it. she spent her entire life here with a sick husband that cannot work the 35-year-old mother of four is the family bred-winner. she work seven days a week, 14 hours a day scavenging and selling coal that she finds atop the mine. the work is physically exhausting. something i learned firsthand. oh, my god. this is really heavy. how does she do this? she doesn't pick it up on her own, does she? you know somebody helps, right?
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wow. wow this is -- i mean, really, all day, every day do you this. >> yeah. >> reporter: no, okay. this is really challenging. debbie collects the coal and then carries it about two miles into the town center where she sells it door-to-door. and for that, she makes less than $2 a day. the indian government which owns the mine wants the thousands of villagers like her to move off their land because it is dangerous and they want to mine the coal underneath their homes. >> if they don't move probably burn them. and second is if they don't move then coal will be destroyed. >> reporter: over the past several years the local government spent about $5 million to build 2,500 apartments. to relocate the coal pickers like devi, he is a businessman
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who started a group to help residents like devi to resist government pressure to move. >> that's god's forsaken place. nobody can steal it. >> reporter: on a recent tour of the new apartments, he points out several problems. >> one family can sustain average five people. cannot accommodated. >> reporter: the worst part is the distance from the coal mines located about ten miles away, down a winding dirt road which takes 40 minutes in a private car. something villagers like devi cannot afford. and if they have no access to the coal, they will not be able to work. as for devi, she says that she will move to the new location but only if her neighbors leave their dangerous village. but until then she said she'll continue to live and work alongside the fire. i'm karen russo in bocapahari, india. >> really an unbelievable story and india uses about 70% coal to
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middleton. >> reporter: as royal wedding fever builds viewers have been treated to stories on everything from hats to horses. in london they've been preparing for invasion by an estimated 12,000 journalists. opposite buckingham palace they build a three-story stack of temporary studios. news organizations can rent them for 60,000 pounds a time. so why the interest? >> at the core of it is diana, in my view. at the core of it, you have a wedding, prince william's mother was diana princess of wales and he's going to be king of england. people talk about soap opera, tay talk about fairy tale, however you describe it it's a story that everybody wants. >> reporter: and at the other end the processional routes the main entrance at westminster abbey and across the road, another structure specially built for the media, a rather more mod theft time, still thankfully pretty substantial. still photographers are paying 900 pounds to be here but for some broadcasters these
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positions aren't good enough. temporary studios perched precariously on the roofs of nearby buildings. prince william visited this year there is huge interest alternate monarchy is a political controversial issue. >> yes, a republican push but this is a celebrity event also so you have this enormous focus on a very attractive couple and the republican issue is something separate. you can be a republican and still watch this and say sthnt that lovely? >> reporter: and in taiwan the whole thing's a subject for satire. look carefully at subtitles. >> reporter: nick hime bbc news. >> that shows you the whole world is really watching and so many people will be watching this wedding and in fact many brits say not as many british are watching. >> abc will have full coverage.
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everything kicks off on the big day. 4:00 a.m. eastern time on
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this morning on "world news now," deadly weather from torrential rains to rising rivers to lethal tornados. mother nature's assault on half of the country continues. april's already become a record-breaking month of severe weather for millions of people and more is on the way. it is wednesday, april 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. once again, several states are under tornado watches this morning. elsewhere, flooding is the concern where the punishing weather is headed next and when, all of this, days of it may finally, finally end. >> that would be good for a lot of folks to hear. >> yes.
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>> many people are very winter-weary, weather-weary. with gas prices continuing to soar. including the president, what he's saying now about the rising price of gas. and also this morning, why gamers should check their bank accounts right now. we'll tell you about the video game's network that was hacked, and then lost vital security information for some 77 million folks. a staggering number. so listen up if you're one of those networks. all right but first before all of that, another day, another tornado outbreak. more violent storms are menacing a big chunk of the nation. >> damage reported overnight in texas, and now the worst of it is shifting east. hitting cities from the gulf coast to the northeast this morning. mike marusarz joins us now with the very latest on these deadly storms. good morning, mike. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning. severe storms have rumbled across a large section of this country. in fact, 165 million people have been affected by severe weather. >> reporter: another violent night of weather with rivers rising and tornados touching down in texas and other areas
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already battered. >> i don't even know where to start. >> reporter: they're still cleaning up just north of little rock after a twister sliced a three-mile-wide gash through vilonia. richard was huddled in his closet with his three children. >> i heard glass breaking, every door in the house slamming. i heard the roof go. i could feel the door pulling away from me and i just held on for dear life. >> reporter: swollen rivers are threatening neighborhoods from kentucky to missouri where residents are already evacuating poplar bluff. >> and all at once, we looked back in the backyard and there was no backyard and the water just started rushing in. it was like somebody opened up a dam and the water started to roll in. >> reporter: half of the country 25 states are battling some sort of severe weather. heavy rain even caused a southwest jet to skid off of the runway this chicago. none the 139 people on board were hurt. the tornado count is threatening to surge pass 300 in april
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alone. arkansas's governor has already declared a state of emergency. >> i'm amazed that we haven't had anymore loss of life based upon the amount of the damage that you're looking at here. >> reporter: as the cleanup continues, so does the threat of more severe weather wednesday. that threat shifts a bit to the southeast today as more heavy rain and tornados are predicted. rob, peggy. >> no end in sight just yet. wow. a look now at your wednesday weather. those severe storms are swooping down from birmingham, all the way up to pittsburgh with some large hail and also winds topping 80 miles an hour. the heaviest rain comes down from tennessee to indiana, and meanwhile some heavy snow in the cascades and rockies and rain in the pacific northwest. >> and 53 degrees in seattle. 55 in salt lake city. 63 in albuquerque. 60s in detroit, indianapolis and fargo. 69 in boston. 83 in atlanta. 90 in miami. well, gas pump prices have climbed now for 35 straight days. even though industry's survey shows americans have started to
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drive a little bit less. president obama is now urging lawmakers on capitol hill to get rid of tax breaks for big oil companies. mr. obama also told our detroit station wxyz that the big car companies need to also work to cut our dependence on oil. >> couple of things that we can do right away. number one, we've already working with the auto industry in detroit, made sure that we're increasing fuel efficiency standards on cars. that will lower demand and that will help reduce oil prices. we're making huge investments in alternative fuel vehicles. and again that's something that we're partnering with detroit on. so our investment in advance battery technology, electric cars, all of that helps to reduce demand on oil. >> now experts say gas prices will continue to rise for three or four weeks before reduced consumer demand kicks in and then drives those prices back down.
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well, there is more international criticism of syria this morning, but no sanctions yet. the u.s. says it has evidence that iran is behind the syrian government's violent crackdown on demonstrations. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon says its serious leaders have an obligation to protect civilians and also respect human rights. syria's ambassador to the u.n. says a security council member shouldn't believe everything they read. the u.s. and britain deny that nato is try to kill libyan dictator moammar gadhafi, but his command centers are fair game. and as commander in chief that puts gadhafi at greater personal risk. a nato raid earlier this week destroyed and damaged buildings in gadhafi's compound in tripoli. the nato coalition is hoping such attacks will put pressure on gadhafi to step down. credit card data from millions of playstation users may be at risk this morning after a major security breach. sony is now warning the information may have been stolen as part of a massive hack. the attack forced the company to shut down its playstation network for the past week. disconnecting 77 million user
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accounts in 59 countries. experts say the breach could end up costing sony billions of dollars. and there's a new warning about the risks of posting your personal information on social media sites. tmi could actually translate into higher insurance costs for you. travell island of our ft. myers station wzvn reports. >> do you know where ryan conrad is located, if not -- >> i use facebook all of the time. >> reporter: chances are you'll track him down on facebook. >> running down the corner to grab a cup of coffee or something like that i would post that. >> reporter: billions are on social networking sites. like foursquare, facebook or twitter that allow you to post your location. previously we spoke to stacy payne with the lee county sheriff's office about the danger. >> now loaded that you are an hour away from your house they know, they've got plenty of time to go in there. >> reporter: payne says social media is becoming a major research tool for burglars. a tweet or a facebook post could tip burglars off that you're not at home and an insurance company in the uk conducted a poll found
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nearly 26% of participants between the ages of 25 and 35 checked in using social media. homeowners like ryan conrad who list their whereabouts may be setting themselves up for higher insurance premiums because of their postings. >> that's definitely wrong. they're looking into people's private lives and that's really none of their business. >> reporter: so now when shopping for insurance, ryan and other homeowners could find themselves being asked whether they're active on social media sites or if they have security locks or an intruder alarm installed before an insurance company will give you a quote. >> i pay my premiums when i'm supposed to and then i'm sure it's just going to be another way that they can raise rates. >> a ploy to raise rates or a way for the insurance companies to protect their investments? s whichever may be the case, posting locations could cost you one way or another. >> they think it's fun and games. hey, it's foursquare, it's a little fun thing to do but they
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don't realize that more could lead from it. well, the countdown is under way for the next to last shuttle mission. congresswoman gabby giffords the wife of course of mission commander mark kelly is expected to be into the crowd. it will be her first public appearance since she was shot in that tucson, arizona, tragedy earlier this year. president obama and his family will be there as well. and speculation about katie couric's future has stepped up now that she has officially announced her departure. from the cbs "evening news." couric tells "people" magazine she that she wants to do more multidimensional storytelling. some reports say that couric has been shopping a talk show. cbs is expected to name "60 minutes" correspondent scott pelly as the next "evening news" anchor. >> a bit of history there. the first woman ever, solo anchor, the evening news. >> solo anchor, that's not have a see what she does next. i hear you got the job. >> yeah, that's right. a new hampshire great-grandma found a thrilling way to celebrate the century mark. rachel gilbert took a few spins
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around the local motor speedway track. there you go. a dream came through for rachel when fell in love with stock cars back in the '60s. >> i love it. she is a lady. the first time behind the wheel in five years. she gave up the keys to her own car when she turned 95 but her driving skills still look pretty good. >> the stereotype when people get older they don't drive as well but she's shadowing that stereotype. good for her. >> she looks good. we'll be right back, everybody, with more of "world news now." [ carrie underwood ] makeup. touchups. it's part of my job.
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are you practicing your way just in case? supposed to be like twisting a light bulb. i like that. >> very real, very human. with all of the pomp and circumstance it's pretty easy to forget that friday's royal wedding is actually a very solemn, serious ceremony. >> despite all of that no avoigd the style factor surrounding the big event and while so many eyes on kate of course, many thoughts though will be of diana. >> everybody's thinking of diana. that's for sure. and our world correspondent katie nicole takes a look at the styles of both women. >> reporter: being a princess isn't just about wearing sparkling tiaras. as the well-dressed diana proved it's also a chance to turn the stage into a runway. >> princess of wales made royal style glamorous again. she made it hollywood.
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she made it the red carpet. >> reporter: and now kate middleton is set to follow in into diana's footsteps. the people's princess and the princess-to-be side by side. it's clear diana's sense of style lives on in kate's closet. both women share a passion for playing dress-up especially on royal occasions. the late-catherine walker was one of diana's go-to designers. her husband watched the princess's style blossom. >> i think that people saw her as a young conservative mother, a future queen, an ambassador and a fashion icon. >> reporter: in diana's early years alongside prince charles her style was still undeveloped. >> hello. >> reporter: but kate emerged on the royal scene camera-ready. >> kate middleton is the first one who's really been fashionable from the beginning. >> reporter: take the scarlet suit kate wore in february with
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more than a not to diana, it became an instant classic. sold here at this london boutique. >> ever since she has worn this, she's the influence on next season's color which is the kate middleton red. >> that i suppose is the power of kate. she is a style icon now, isn't she? >> absolutely. >> reporter: but perhaps there's nothing more dazzling than when these royal fashion plates go for the glamour. diana always looked effortlessly sophisticated and for a royal sometimes utterly daring. >> she really knew how to pull off glamour and she was not going to disappoint people. when she went out she was going to be dress the as a princess. >> reporter: kate's dresses today may not carry the same couture designer price tags but they certainly turn heads. like this body-skimming diana-like pink dress. >> i think that was the moment when people looked at her and thought, this girl is a fashion icon. >> reporter: and even at play both diana and kate manage to do off-duty chic with their own
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flair. >> everyone wanted to look like diana and she was very, very copied that because she seemed like just a normal girl. >> reporter: today, it's kate's casual chic look. bought at chain retail stores that women want to copy. >> she looks as go off-duty as on-duty. i think that she would probably look amazing in her nightie. >> i agree. >> i bet she will. she's a beautiful woman, that's for sure. all of the coverage, will be watching the wedding from start to finish. barbara walters and of course diane sawyer in london and "good morning america" starting at 4:00 a.m. >> friday the big day. 4:00 a.m., tune in for that and the coverage leading up to that. we have a special little show ourselves on friday morning commemorating the wedding, kind of cool. they're in the middle of dress rehearsals right now. this footage came into the newsroom a few hours ago. you can see the carriage there. they're call for rain, so they may be enclosed in that carriage after all. >> i hope to doesn't rain but it might. i'm sure you were a lot of people hoping it doesn't rain either and kate's had a couple of run-throughs at westminster
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abbey. >> very cool. getting ready. a few hours left. when we come back this morning the latest from "the skinny." the latest contestant booted from "dancing with the stars." something that lindsay lohan hasn't seen for a while. >> a standing "o." how about that for lindsay lo? a standing "o." how about that for lindsay lo? when you stay connected to your kids, they'll stay connected to you. the boys town national hotline can help. call the boys town national hotline at 1-800-448-3000 (tdd# 1-800-448-1433) ...or visit us on the web at parenting dot org.
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny welcome back, everybody. time for "the skinny." we know the last couple of months have been pretty tough to say the least for actor michael douglas. legendary hollywood movie star. his son got convicted on drug charges and then he got sued by his ex-wife, she was looking for more money. >> she did not win. >> diagnosed with throat cancer. and now cancer-free. he was on oprah and addressed all these issues. then it comes out in the last couple of days, his wife, the stunningly, gorgeous catherine zeta-jones suffers from bipolar disorder. in part was triggered by stress because of all of the family drama. take a listen to what mike told oprah. >> i must say catherine's being quite open about it.
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because she was outed. hoping to get some help. a patient in there, hey you probably won't believe who is in here now. >> he said the news about catherine came out about a patient who possibly sold it to the "national enquirer" who was about to break the story. he is cancer-free. his wife is doing well. shooting a movie in louisiana. back on her feet. good for them. >> apparently they were going to out her and gone public with herself. which is unfortunate. you should be able to get medical care no matter who you are. >> she wanted to destigmatize the whole illness, so there you go. speaking of some people who thinks that she needs medical care, lindsay lohan. li-lo, back in court again and not talking about what she was wearing or whatever because it seems that people get distracted. this is her appearance on jay leno. when she was on jay leno she acknowledged, full tilt she said i've made some mistakes and cost me dearly. here's what she had to say. >> you've done jail time before. >> yeah. >> do you learn anything in
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there? >> it was an interesting experience and it was definitely a wake-up call. i've made a lot of poor decisions in the past and i'm dealing with the consequences of those decisions. >> now what do you think about this? when she came out on stage at the jay leno show the audience gave her a standing ovation and i sort of wonder what message that sends and why? maybe the stage director said, stand up. >> that's a weird reaction. not that she -- >> isn't that odd? >> maybe trying to applaud her to get her life back together. but that seems weird. standing "o," all right, interesting crowd. >> yeah. real quick to "dancing with the stars." no big huge development here. but chris jericho, cheryl burke they're the last ones to bite the dust. see you later, chris. mice run but he's out of there. >> he did a great job. last but not least let you know beyonce, she's being sued by a video game company that says she was supposed to help promote their game, the game was called, star power beyonce. they said they lost almost $7 million on the investment when beyonce backed out and said that 70 people lost their jobs before christmas because it wasn't going to be this big blockbuster video game without beyonce's support.
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>> that's business. she backed out. that's what happens. >> that's business. >> i still love you, b. it's all right. >> she's a beauty. he's a b., we'll be right back. beauty. beauty b., we'll be right back. and if you wake up often in the middle of the night... rest is here, on the wings of lunesta. lunesta helps you fall asleep and stay asleep, so you can wake up feeling rested. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions, such as tongue or throat swelling, occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you. get lunesta for a $0 co-pay at
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and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. dozens of states are once again on the lookout for severe weather. 165 million people have already been affected by april's record-breaking storms. ben bernanke will become the first federal reserve chairman in the nation's history to hold a press conference fulfilling a promise that he made back in 2005. president obama and the first lady will travel on chicago where they will tape an episode of "the oprah winfrey show." and then the president heads back to new york for a fund-raiser. finally this half hour, it is no secret that teacher's salary a little bit or a lot to be desired, oftentimes to pump up their incomes teachers moonlight as coaches or tutors. >> there is a teacher in
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pennsylvania who is using her creative talents for a salacious gig, you could say, and it's causing some controversy. wnep reports. >> reporter: parent wendy apple has a son in tenth grade at midd-west high school in middleburg. his english's teacher's name is judith buranich. apple says she recently found out after school buranich has a second job. she writes erotic romance novels. >> now my son knows, so how he is thinks when he's sitting in her class knowing what she does on the side? >> reporter: apple found out all of the information on the internet. apple says she writes under the pen name judy mays. if you go to judy mays' website she says she's disguised as a mild-mannered tenth grade teacher. if you want to get into contact with her you're supposed to write a p.o. box. parent dina says the evidence is clear. >> she is teaching children that are under the age of 18 and definitely the books that she's writing are adult books.
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so i don't think -- i think she needs to make a decision as to what she wants to do, either be a schoolteacher or an author. >> i was sort of shocked because sitting in her class i had no idea. she's a good teacher but i had no idea. like what was going on behind the scenes. >> reporter: we tried to contact the midd-west superintendent about the novels. he said "i cannot discuss personal matters or employees. at this point i have no comment." >> well, there are two sides to this coin, really. >> yeah. >> because you can understand, the parents' perspectives, saying they are concerned about what their kids are thinking about in class but why don't we pay the teachers more so they don't have to moonlight. >> if she writes dirty novels does that make her less of a teacher? >> if not affecting the class whatsoever and it doesn't sound like she's advertising that she's writing the novels on the side. it sounds like i'm coming to the defense to the teacher but i get upset when they earn so little when doing such an important job. >> i agree.
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